Rapid City police arrested a 25-year-old Rapid City man Tuesday in connection with a fatal stabbing at a local motel Monday night, the department said in a release.
Nathan Chase Jr. was arrested on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Jeremy Little, 30, at the South Dakota Rose Inn on East Boulevard North, police said.
Around 7:50 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to the motel after a report of a stabbing and found Little unconscious in one of the rooms. He had multiple stab wounds and was declared dead at the scene, police said.
Chase had left the inn before law enforcement arrived, but police later found him in the area, the police department said.
He was booked at the Pennington County Jail at 6:22 a.m. Tuesday, according to jail personnel.
Chief Karl Jegeris said earlier that investigators believed Chase and Little knew each other.
Jegeris, speaking in a Facebook video live at 8:40 p.m. Monday, described the incident as a “brutal homicide” and said the city’s recent spate of killings was “very concerning” to police.
“This is the RCPD’s fourth homicide investigation in 30 days,” Jegeris said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s important to note that all suspects involved in each of these homicides have been arrested. While there’s plenty of work still left to be done, our dedicated public servants remain committed to standing watch over Rapid City each and every day.”
A convenience store clerk was stabbed to death last Wednesday during what police said was a beer theft at the Loaf 'N Jug on Mount Rushmore Road.
On New Year’s Day, a man was found dead in a home on East Adams Street after being attacked with a bayonet attached to a rifle. And on Dec. 27, a man was beaten to death at the Stardust Motel on East North Street.
Chase’s case was forwarded to the county State's Attorney's Office for prosecution. The four defendants involved in the three other homicides are all facing murder charges.